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This Is How You Should Be Washing Your Face

Dermatologist dishes face-washing tips to keep your skin looking its best.
Cleansing is the first and most basic step in any skincare routine -- something we like to think we've got down to a science by now. But did you know that there's a right and wrong way to wash your face? And that how you go about your cleansing routine can make a world of difference in how your skin look and feel?

"It's important for people to treat the face with care. Never scrub the skin or use harsh products as doing so irritates the skin, which makes skin look worse," says Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

So, what is the correct cleansing technique? Dr. Rohrer recommends adopting these tips to effectively remove grime and dirt and keep your face looking its best:

  1. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol.
  2. Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything other than your fingertips can irritate your skin.
  3. Resist the temptation to scrub your skin because scrubbing irritates the skin.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
  5. Apply moisturizer if your skin is dry or itchy. Be gentle when applying any cream around your eyes so you do not pull too hard on this delicate skin.
  6. Limit washing to twice a day and after sweating. Wash your face once in the morning and once at night, as well as after sweating heavily. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin. Wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.


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